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I am such an idiot - burned my face on sunbed, new job tomorrow!

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GermanHouseCat Tue 04-Nov-14 14:45:05

I stupidly used a sunbed yesterday (I know, I know) as I was having a leg wax and it was just...there. I tan really well and don't burn generally so thought a few minutes would just give me a bit of a perk up, stop me looking like a ghost ahead of my new job.

Anyway, I woke up this morning with a bright red face, like a beetroot. I am starting a new job tomorrow!

I have piled on loads of soothing type face products but my face still feels really hot and looks red.

Does anyone have any top tips for reducing redness please? Desperate!

squoosh Tue 04-Nov-14 14:48:52

I'm sure I remember reading that apple cider vinegar is good for healing sunburn.

ThisBitchIsResting Tue 04-Nov-14 15:01:27

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume is fab on sunburn.

Silly billy though!

Aridane Tue 04-Nov-14 15:03:54

There are those tinted things you put on under foundation that neutralise redness - I think they might be green (!) but apparently they are very effective.

BTW - I thought you weren't supposed to go tanning after waxing (or so my waxing lady tells me)...

OverAndAbove Tue 04-Nov-14 15:05:41

You could try taking nurofen as well; it does take some of the heat put of sunburn

Standinginline Tue 04-Nov-14 15:07:02

Yes green neutralises red skin tones. I know a high street make up range do CC cream (colour correction cream), they might do a green tinged one!!

GermanHouseCat Tue 04-Nov-14 15:07:49

I know, I am a prize fool. I only went on it for 4 minutes(!) but apparently they have new tubes which makes it much more powerful. The rest of my body is fine, only my face betrays the stupidity within.

Thank you for the great suggestions, I'm going to raid Boots!

florascotia Tue 04-Nov-14 15:36:23

OP, very best of luck for the interview and hope your face feels and looks better soon. I really don't want to nag, but PLEASE don't risk your health with sunbeds. They are not 'healthy'* - in fact, they almost double* your chance of getting dangerous skin cancer. They age and dry out the skin, and can seriously harm your eyesight as well.** They damage they can cause may not show up for 20 years, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened.

*www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/skin-cancer/sunbeds
** www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/misc869.pdf

Degustibusnonestdisputandem Tue 04-Nov-14 15:40:08

florascotia I couldn't agree more!
I don't know why they haven't been banned, they are bloody dangerous! (I'm Australian and know so many people who've had melanomas) sad

lemisscared Tue 04-Nov-14 15:43:57

I don't understand why these things are even legal

wakeywakeyteaandcakey Tue 04-Nov-14 15:45:06

Aloe Vera today and tomorrow make sure you have foundation and powder on as it'll look a lot better.

VenusRising Tue 04-Nov-14 15:51:39

My lovely friend has skin cancer.

They have to keep lopping bits of her off- last operation was half her lung. She grows cancerous lumps everywhere now, hence the lung removal.
She's had some of her bowel removed too.
Chemo doesn't touch it.

She has three kids and has about a year to live.
She got burned in the sun when she was 14.

I think you know what I'm going to say to you Germanhousecat.

Best of luck.

CheersMedea Tue 04-Nov-14 16:32:04

This is insanely expensive but is amazing. The body version is also very good. I had a very nasty burning sun tanning experience on holiday and a very kind beauty rep in the hotel store gave me a sample. It was unbelievably good. She said to me "put this on and you'll be brown tomorrow". I wouldn't say I was brown exactly but it was a major overnight improvement.

My face was like a lobster. It is amazingly soothing and really helped the pain compared to the other after sun I had. If I had big burns again, I would buy this not withstanding the price because it was so extraordinarily good. It is one of the very few occasions that I have been genuinely impressed with a skin care product.

It's a bit niche skin care though so you'd need to check stockists. Could not recommend it highly enough though. Try for a sample if you are sceptical.

https://www.carita.co.uk/products/face/smoothing-and-repairing-after-sun-cream-for-face

Theselittlelightsofmine Tue 04-Nov-14 16:39:23

Sudocreme smother it on before bed and just make sure you get all of off tomorrow morning.

lurkingaround Tue 04-Nov-14 17:05:13

You could use a 1% hydrocortisone cream on it. ONLY because this is an emergency. It will calm the inflammation. Also as a pp said, nurofen will help a little. (Not as much as the cream will tho). Not to be routinely recommended.

specialsubject Tue 04-Nov-14 18:00:50

it is a burn. Treat it like other burns. No creams, just cool water. Otherwise you risk infection.

and never, ever use a sunbed. Darwin award stuff. Smoking also legal, remember.

Marylou2 Tue 04-Nov-14 19:43:57

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream is fab! Agree re the 1% hydrocortisone which is what I'd do in a mega emergency although not to be generally recommend/avoid eyes etc.Good luck.

swantail Tue 04-Nov-14 22:32:02

Another one here recommending sudocrem. It works wonders for reducing redness over night and its soothing too. Also an ibuprofen is a good idea too.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 05-Nov-14 09:15:00

Don't have any advice as I've never been on a sunbed. Just hope you're okay.
Watch final destination 3 and I guarantee that will put you off sunbeds for life, and if in the unlikely event it doesn't then nothing will

swantail Wed 05-Nov-14 18:19:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

swantail Wed 05-Nov-14 18:21:06

I'm the idiot now! Wrong thread sorry!

munchkin2902 Wed 05-Nov-14 18:27:35

It's probably not as bad as you think - just try to forget about it, I bet nobody notices.

My friend got pissed at her works leaving do, fell onto a table in the pub and went into her new job three days later with a glorious black eye. Somehow she brazened it out wink

GermanHouseCat Wed 05-Nov-14 18:49:49

Hi everyone

Just to let you know that luckily I woke up a lot less red this morning! The bit that was left was covered by foundation .

I've taken on board the anti sunbed comments. I honestly am such an infrequent user (the last time was a similar 5 minutes 3 years ago) but I won't do it again .

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 05-Nov-14 19:03:53

Hi Swan. We've all done that! ha ha

GermanHouseCat Wed 05-Nov-14 19:05:29

Swan - gringrin

Been there!

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